Paul wakes up in Turks & Cacos to find that the squalls passing through during the night had balled up the anchor chain. There were other issues as well. But the crew’s time was not all spent fixing the SV Bella Luna. Nope. They got in some fishing, and better yet got into the beautifully clear, warm water of the Turks and Caicos.
Paul, without his family, takes the SV Bella Luna out into the open ocean on the way North to Baltimore with a new crew. On the way they have some engine trouble, are joined by a pod of dolphins, and eat what Paul describes as the worst meal of the voyage.
The crew of the SV Bella Luna survive the winter and with spring coming in they head back to Tortola to sale her back north for the summer. If you’re enjoying following along on this Carlsbad family’s journey, click here to check out the SV Bella Luna store. There you can snag hats, shirts, and other goodies with the SVBL logo on it and help support the trip.
Paul and the crew look for a big berth for the 24 foot beam, 42 foot long SV Bella Luna, celebrate Bella’s 10th birthday, and head south to Tortola, British Virgin Islands to check in on the boat itself. This whole sailing thing is much more complicated that it seems. Click play and you’ll see what we mean.
Paul flies down to the Virgin Islands to give the soon-to-be SV Bella Luna a sea trial to make sure she’s seaworthy. Then after flying back home he and Diná take the girls to Assateague Island National Park to check out the wild horses.
When you’re planning on traveling and living onboard a catamaran for an extended period of time, going to traditional school becomes impossible. That’s why Paul and Diná decide that Bella and Luna will be homeschooled. The family also gets some good news about their new sailing vessel. . .
We’ve been following a Carlsbad acquaintance of ours on Instagram for the past few months as he and his wife, two kids, and their dogs did what many of us have dreamed, but never actually done: they sold their home in Carlsbad, bought a 42 foot Fountaine Pajot Catamaran, named it the SV Bella Luna, and shoved off to tour the world, or as Paul says, “to live a more simplified life, show our daughters the world and how other people live and to contribute to the communities we visit.”
We’ve been so inspired by the story that Paul, Diná, Bella, and Luna have been telling that we’re going to share their story here on Carlsbadistan. While their journey began months ago, we’re going to start right at the beginning with their first video. Stay tuned as we bring the rest of the story in weekly episodes. For more info on the family, click the link.
When Greg adopts a dog named Sylvia, or rather is adopted by the street-smart mutt, Sylvia (played, alas, by a human) soon turns into a bone of contention for his wife Kate. . . In this romantic comedy by A.R. Gurney, the author of Love Letters, the long-married empty nesters have to dig their way out of an unexpected hole: Kate feels that she’s losing Greg to his adoring new best friend. This imaginative take on a midlife crisis leads to lots of laughs and thoughtful insights on love, marriage, jealousy and canines.
Dog people will likely love this one. Sylvia runs June 6 – June 28, 2015. The New Village Arts Theatre is located at 2787 State St, in Carlsbad, California. Click here to purchase tickets.
What’s in a name? Sometimes everything. Maybe that’s why the hotel resort formerly known as the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort is changing it’s name to Cape Rey Carlsbad. Huh?
Beyond the name, the bulk of the rebranding effort will manifest in the experiential aspects of each guest’s stay. Creative itineraries, excursions and partnerships from the new “Leisure Services Team” introduce guests – both on property and off- to the tastes, places, products and personalities that speak to the surrounding beach lifestyle and provide the type of immersive hospitality the modern traveler craves. Employees act as property ambassadors, whose expertise in everything from surf spots to taco shops provides guests with a backstage pass to all things local and Southern California-cool.
Hey, a complete re-branding with great photography to back it up never hurt anyone. And if some local businesses benefit for the update, even better. For the official word from Cape Rey, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
On Friday, April 5, 2013 the Legoland Hotel will officially kick opens its doors to the public and Legoland California General Manager Peter Ronchetti and Hotel General Manager Frank Idris will join a cast of characters at a ceremony officially opening the Hotel.
The three-story, 250 room hotel immerses guests in a creative LEGO® world and every room is themed after one of three popular LEGO toy lines in the Park: pirate, adventure or kingdom. Children have their own sleeping area in every room complete with bunk beds, a trundle bed and their own TV. A spectacular entrance is guarded by a smoke-breathing LEGO dragon created out of 400,000 LEGO bricks. Each room has at least eight LEGO models and theming can be found on the walls, carpeting and bedding. There are more than 3,500 LEGO models throughout the Hotel using more than three million LEGO bricks. Interactive features include a Castle Play area, a talking and spraying dragon on the patio, LEGO play pits in the reception area and a treasure hunt inside the rooms where younger guests search for clues then open a locked safe to find LEGO treasure! Guests staying at LEGOLAND Hotel have exclusive early access to LEGOLAND California.
It would appear that Legoland’s plan to grab every single tourist dollar that comes to Carlsbadistan is nearly complete. For the official word from Legoland, follow the jump. [click to continue…]